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J Street welcomes Gaza truce

J Street welcomes the truce reached with Egyptian mediation between Israel and the Gaza Strip, praising the two sides for seeing “there is no military solution to their conflict” and saying the “awful bloodshed” had ended “without winners — only losers.”

In a statement released today, the organization’s president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, urges both parties to carry out their commitments so the ceasefire proves durable, allowing for “broader efforts to improve the lives of the Palestinian population of Gaza” while enabling Israelis to live without fear of terrorist attacks.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street’s founder and director, speaking at the group’s 2012 conference. (photo credit: J Street)
Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street’s founder and director, speaking at the group’s 2012 conference. (photo credit: J Street)

“The ceasefire also offers an opportunity for the parties to urgently address the root causes of the violence including those at the very heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the occupation,” he says.

“That is why, once this war is behind us, Israel and the PLO must not merely settle for an illusory status quo, but instead work urgently toward a long-term political agreement that establishes two states, side-by-side in peace and security and an end to the underlying conflict and the occupation. This cease-fire is a beginning, but only a comprehensive two-state solution can bring an end to the suffering we have witnessed,” he adds.

“Without doing so, we are likely to see Hamas come back stronger and with better weapons.”

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